Making a name for themselves : Karen identity and the politicization of ethnicity in Burma

Harriden, Jessica (2002) Making a name for themselves : Karen identity and the politicization of ethnicity in Burma. Journal of Burma Studies, 7, pp. 84-144.

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The history of Karen nationalism has been interpreted in terms of inter-ethnic conflict and conceptualizations of ethnicity have influenced understanding of Karen political identity. While 'Karen' incorporated various linguistic, sociocultural, religious and political sub-groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) elite promoted a singular pan-Karen identity in order to minimize such diversity. As a result, factionalism emerged between different Karen groups, obstructing the KNU's political vision and leaving many Karens dissatisfied with KNU attempts to represent their various interests. The fall of Manerplaw in 1995 was thus the result of intra-ethnic conflict as much as conflict between Karens and non-Karens

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ID Code: 61716
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1353/jbs.2002.0003
ISSN: 2010-314X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2013 03:48
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 03:48

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